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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
January 15, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a happy and stress-free week! This week's top stories include information about sentencing in a TTB criminal enforcement case, information about how to withdraw pending malt beverage formulas for products exempt under TTB Ruling 2015-1, a new grape variety approved for use on U.S. wine labels, and a list of the past week's top TTB application processing times pages at TTB.gov/.
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Top Application Processing Times Pages for Jan 4 – 10, 2016
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The TTB Newsletter compiles the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.
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FORMER PRESIDENT OF CHEROKEE TOBACCO AND FIREBIRD MANUFACTURING SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS FOR TAX EVASION AND ORDERED TO PAY $3.6 MILLION TO TTB
The former President of Cherokee Tobacco and Firebird Manufacturing, was sentenced on January 11, 2016 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke for tax evasion, wire fraud, and engaging in monetary transactions with funds from specified unlawful activity.
Kathryn Crabtree Farley, 46, of Halifax, VA., was sentenced to a total of 60 months incarceration for the fraud charges as well as Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act (CCTA) violations and was ordered to pay $3,638,390 in restitution to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and $1,098,991.23 to Firebird Manufacturing.
Read the Press Release for more details.
NEW RULING EXEMPTS CERTAIN BEERS AND MALT BEVERAGES FROM FORMULA APPROVAL; PLEASE WITHDRAW PENDING FORMULAS FOR EXEMPTED PRODUCTS
On December 17, 2015, we issued TTB Ruling 2015-1, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of Beer Not Subject to Formula Requirements, which replaces TTB Ruling 2014-4. The new ruling expands the list of ingredients and beer-making processes that are exempt from beer and malt beverage formula requirements.
If you currently have any beer or malt beverage formulas in the “pending” status in Formulas Online, please review both your formula and Attachment 1 of TTB Ruling 2015-1 to determine if the formula is still required. If you have any applications pending in Formulas Online that you determine are for exempted products, please withdraw these applications and proceed immediately to label approval (if required).
Your previously approved formulas for malt beverages made with exempted ingredients will continue to be valid. However, we will not review new formulas submitted for products that do not require a formula, based on TTB Ruling 2015-1.
Avoid Delays in Label Approval Processing
To avoid delays in the processing of applications for label approval for malt beverages exempt under this ruling, brewers and importers are encouraged to note on their application that they are requesting approval of a new label for a product made with an ingredient or process that is now exempted under the new ruling and are labeling the product in accordance with the provisions of the ruling by inserting “TTB Ruling 2014-4” or “TTB Ruling 2015-1” (as applicable) as a comment on TTB F 5100.31, Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval or via COLAs Online.
Please review TTB Ruling 2015-1, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of Beer Not Subject to Formula Requirements for guidance on the labeling of malt beverages that are exempt from the formula requirements.
ADDITIONAL GRAPE VARIETY APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE
We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the Loureiro grape variety name on American wine labels. Wine bottlers may use this name, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91 of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.
Visit our American Grape Variety Names page at TTB.gov/ for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.